Dental Tips for Senior Citizen

You can help seniors develop good oral health habits by giving them tips on how to take care of their teeth. Senior’s teeth can be in jeopardy because of poor oral habits, so help them improve their understanding of the importance of dental care.

Research suggests that seniors are more likely than adults under the age of 65 to develop tooth decay and gum disease. This is likely because of the natural wear on their teeth, as well as changes in diet, medications, and other lifestyle factors can contribute to tooth decay or gum disease. Seniors who do not brush their teeth regularly or visit a dentist annually risk developing problems such as plaque build-up and periodontal pockets that lead to tooth sensitivity or pain when eating hot foods or cold drinks. The following dental tips for seniors are a few of how you can improve their oral health:

– Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft toothbrush, preferably one with an angled head that is gentle on gum tissue

– Use mouthwash and rinse several times over the course of the day

– Floss once daily before brushing – Replace your toothbrush every three months or sooner if it becomes frayed or broken

– Floss between the teeth, never under them

– Use mouthwash and rinse several times over the course of the day

– Use fluoride toothpaste that contains fluoride to help protect against plaque and cavities

– Brush your teeth in the morning and evening to remove bacteria from your mouth

Other tips for senior dental hygiene:

– Mouthwash or rinse after every meal.

 – If you are going to drink soda, drink it without ice.

 – Floss daily between your teeth. Do not floss under the gum line.

 – There are many products you may use that can help with oral hygiene, but it is important to use these products as directed by a dentist.

– Brush between your teeth. Use a water pick or a soft brush and make sure you brush at least twice a day.

– It is very important to replace your toothbrush regularly. Replace it every 3 months or sooner if it becomes frayed or broken.

– If your teeth are sensitive to hot and cold, have trouble biting, or are uncomfortable while eating, see your dentist as soon as possible.